"What is it to be a Hong Kong poet writing now? ... For Liu Waitong, it means to be accompanied always by ghosts. But it means also to seek them out and keep them company in turn — to haunt with them. Working through questions of displacement, citizenship, and competing visions of Hong Kong’s and China’s future, Liu’s poems insist that a careful attention and receptivity can be revolutionary. For Liu, that attention is what we owe our pasts and each other." — Collier Nogues, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture [read full review]
This is the first book in the Hong Kong Atlas series, which is a crucial first step in expanding the English-language canon with a range of Hong Kong voices. Authors in the series include a mix of established and emerging authors, ranging from classic untranslated works to a new generation of writers such as Liu Waitong.
Liu Waitong (b. 1975) is a poet, novelist, photographer, essayist, and critic. He made his debut as a poet in 1995, and since then he has published ten poetry collections and a novel. He has received a number of literary awards in Hong Kong and Taiwan, including the HK Chinese Literature Award.
Desmond Sham: PhD student in the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London. He received his MPhil and Bachelors in Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong.
Enoch Tam: Graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with an MA and MPhil in the Humanities in 2007 and 2009 respectively. His research interests include ecocriticism, Sinophone literature, and global Chinese cinema.
Wandering Hong Kong with Spirits, by Liu Waitong
Wandering Hong Kong with Spirits
Series: Hong Kong Atlas
Bilingual edition (March 15, 2016)
6 x 0.5 x 8 inches
"Liu Waitong is a master of this kind of poetics, of capturing the nuances of our disappearing communities and rendering the sentiments of dislocation, estrangement, longing and belonging so palpably." — Janice Tsang, Cha Journal [read full review]